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As we bid February goodbye, we’d love to think we’re nearing the end of winter in Middletown. If so, spring is just around the corner, and that means lots and lots of rain — which means your sump pump needs to be in working order. We love it when you call us for help, but we’d rather our customers do whatever they can to prevent a plumbing hazard. So take a break from what you’re doing to read up on important sump pump information you should know.
You’ll know your sump pump isn’t working as soon as you walk into a wet basement. But here are some ways to tell before that happens:
Storms in Frederick County have been known to knock out electricity, and since sump pumps usually run on electric power, this can be a problem if you don’t have one of these backup plans.
If your old sump pump worked well until it quit, you’ll probably want the same kind you had before. If you’re looking into getting a sump pump for the first time, there are several types available:
There is a theory that pedestal pumps last longer since they motor stays dry, but quality submersible pumps made of cast iron often outlast their plastic counterpart.
A 1/3 horsepower sump pump (which is the most standard) costs can cost from $100 to $200 and removes about 2,000 gallons of water per hour, which is the amount that can build up in rainy months in Frederick County.
If you live in a flood zone, you may need a 1/2 horsepower sump pump which can pump 3,000 gallons in an hour. These cost between $150 and $350.
If there’s even a chance your sump pump would need to handle 5,000 gallons in an hour, it needs to be 3/4 horsepower which costs from $175-$350.
Water and electric wiring are a combination that typical homeowners don’t know how to safely handle, so it’s important to have a licensed plumber remove your old sump pump and install your new one. We can recommend the right model and components such as the sump pit liner, and we back up our work so you can rest assured knowing if something goes wrong with it, we’ll fix it.
Don’t wait until you have sopping wet belongings in the basement and have to call a plumber in the middle of a storm. Call us if you suspect your sump pump isn’t working properly so you’re ready when the rain comes!